Thinking outside the box: Ipswich firm launches recycled paper wine bottle

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An Ipswich packaging company has created a wine bottle made from recycled paper.

Frugalpac says its 'Frugal bottle' has a lower carbon and water footprint than glass or plastic alternatives.

It's made from recycled paperboard with a recycled plastic food-grade liner to hold the wine or spirit.

Some examples of the new 'Frugal bottles' made from recycled paper. Credit: Frugalpac

The company said the bottle was lighter to transport, and has a carbon footprint from across its manufacture, use, transport and disposal that is up to 84% lower than a glass bottle and a third lower than a recycled plastic bottle.

It also has a lower water footprint than its glass equivalent, can go in the fridge and it is easy to separate the paper and plastic and recycle them again, Frugalpac claims.

The first wine to go on sale in the Frugal Bottle is from the Italian vineyard Cantina Goccia.

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Malcolm Waugh, Frugalpac Chief Executive

Frugalpac Chief Executive Malcolm Waugh said: "The Frugal Bottle is up to five times lighter than a glass bottle, has a carbon footprint up to six times lower and is easy to recycle again.

"We want to deliver great wine and spirits in innovative packaging whilst helping our customers and consumers reduce their impact on the environment."

Frugalpac has also developed the Frugal Cup, which they say is the world’s first take-away coffee cup made from 96% recycled paper that has a carbon footprint up to 60% lower than conventional cups.